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Solar design and homebuilding workshops target energy costs Upcoming workshops offered by the University of Alaska Fairbanks Cooperative Extension Service will offer ideas and techniques to help residents lower their home energy bills. Learn how to tap into the sun's energy at a solar design workshop offered Saturday by Extension energy and housing specialist Rich Seifert.

Search committee likely for new UA president

The chairwoman of the University of Alaska Board of Regents says a plan will be drafted this summer to find a replacement for outgoing UA President Mark Hamilton. Cynthia Henry says it's too early to say whether the 11-member board will look for another "nontraditional" candidate such as Hamilton, a former Army major general who took the UA job in 1998.

UA Statewide Briefs

Beluga's get another chance When the federal government placed the beluga whale on the endangered species list last week, it spurred criticism from both sides of the aisle. "This endangered listing could result in hugely expensive new requirements to Anchorage's wastewater treatment, which the EPA has long determined do not affect belugas," Mark Begich, Anchorage mayor, said in a written statement.

The Edge Update: Methane leak in Cook Inlet fixed, Alabama church police and mounting...

The Edge Update can be heard every weekday on KRUA 88.1 FM The Edge, UAA's college radio station.

Campuswide Briefs

Proposed new sports arena gets a correction In November, TNL reported that a $65 million proposal for a new sports arena at UAA was included in the Board of Regents' proposed capital budget. It was sent on to Gov. Sarah Palin and is awaiting her approval before it is sent to the legislature.

Anchorage jury convicts serial burglar

A serial burglar first convicted of the crime in 1981 has been found guilty of committing nine burglaries in the spring of 2007. A jury in Anchorage on Aug. 21 convicted 50-year-old Robert Hernandez on nine counts of first-degree burglary, 18 counts of second-degree theft and two vehicle thefts.

The Edge Update: High Alaskan unemployment, Amazon in the real world and Cuban-American relations...

The Edge Update can be heard every weekday on KRUA 88.1 FM The Edge, UAA's college radio station.

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UA Legislative Internship Program deadline nears The application deadline for the Alaska Universities Legislative Internship Program, beginning January 2009, is Thursday, October 2 at noon. For application packets and information, please contact the UAA Coordinator, Patrick Cunningham, School of Social Work, 106 Gordon Hartlieb Hall.

Statewide Briefs

Panel nixes Palin pay increase A state commission has reversed it recommendation to grant a pay raise to Gov. Sarah Palin, but the panel is still pushing for a $15,000 average raise for state legislators. The State Offi cers Compensation Commission had earlier recommended salary increases for Palin, top state department heads and lawmakers.

The Edge Update: Alaska stalking, El Chapo extradited and warming global temperatures

According to a new survey, more than a third of Alaskan women have been stalked. The results come from the Alaska Victimization Survey, a...

UA Statewide Briefs

UAF Professor receives 2008 Edith R. Bullock Prize for Excellence Fairbanks - Judith Kleinfeld, psychology professor, director of the national Boys Project and co-director of the Northern Studies program at the University of Alaska Fairbanks, is this year's recipient of the University of Alaska Foundation's prestigious Edith R.

Local and Statewide campus news briefs

Fossils, climate change and HIV/AIDS research are all making news at Alaska's universities.

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Former CAS Dean dies Dr. Wayne C. Miller, Dean for the UAA College of Arts and Sciences (cas) from 1990-1996, died this past week in Tampa, where he lived. Dr. Miller was 67 and had been an advocate of liberal arts and sciences education - helping to raise millions of dollars through faculty grants and research contracts from corporations and foundations.

Denali workers ratify new contract

The strike for bus mechanics, radio technicians and warehouse workers at Denali National Park is over. IBEW 1547 Business Manager Larry Bell says the 17 employees voted by a 2-to-1 margin July 16 for the new four-year contract with Doyon/ARAMARK, the park concessionaire.

Statewide Briefs

While the economy sinks, bank robberies rise The Wells Fargo Bank on East 5th Avenue in Anchorage was robbed last Friday. The subject was described as a white male in his late 30s, about 5'8, slender build, with short brown hair. The subject entered the bank and demanded money from the teller, but did not show or threaten to have a weapon.

Crimes of the Week! January 26-February 3

Breakdown of the shady happenings around UAA campus between 1.26.12 and 2.03.12. Over 22 calls were investigated in the span of one week. Wondering...

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Health group elects dean Cheryl Easley, dean of the UAA College of Health and Social Welfare, was recently elected president of the American Public Health Association, the oldest, largest and most diverse organization of public health professionals in the world.

UA Statewide Briefs

Chico State claims North Star FAIRBANKS - Alaska came agonizingly close to grabbing their first Mt. McKinley Bank North Star Invitational tournament title, only to see it slip away at the end, as a late Chico State run propelled them to a 74-65 win over the Nanooks.

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Technology does not help learning According to a federal study, going high-tech does not lead to higher math and reading scores. The study was released on the effectiveness of education technology for the Education Evaluation and Regional Assistance, a form of research that's part of the Education Department.

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Mitchell promoted to assistant dean of Honors College The University Honors College has announced that Marian Mitchell has been promoted to assistant dean of the College. In her new role, Mitchell's expanded portfolio includes advising, assessment and curricular affairs, and finance and budget, said Ronald Spatz, dean of the University Honors College.

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Career fairs coming to UAA The UAA Career Services Center will present three career fairs for students, alumni and community members to place choice over chance in choosing a rewarding new job or profession. These career expos provide a valuable resource to learn what is available for employment with a convenient collection of employers in one general and two specialized fairs.

USUAA shuffles leadership

In the wake of former USUAA President Andrew Lessig’s resignation, former Vice President Drew Lemish has taken over the position. Lemish explained the transition at a press conference on August 29th. Andrew Lessig had cited an inability to keep up with the demands of being USUAA president as a reason for stepping down.

Statewide Briefs

Palin denounces critics as cowards Several days after Palin returned to Alaska from her two-month odyssey as GOP vice president nominee, she unleashed a litany of complaints aimed at her critics. She called her critics cowards and jerks for chiding her anonymously, and insisted she never asked for the $150,000 wardrobe purchased for her use on the campaign trail.

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Report finds governor abused power In a report released Friday by prosecutor Steve Branchflower, Gov. Sarah Palin abused her power by pushing for the firing of state trooper, Michael Wooten. Wooten is the ex-husband to Palin's sister. Subsequently, the public safety commissioner, Walt Monegan was fired after several attempts to stonewall him into dismissing Wooten.

Nationwide Briefs

A Uranium Rush strikes the Grand Canyon Due to a renewed interest in nuclear power, uranium claims surrounding the Grand Canyon have skyrocketed. According to the Department of the Interior, uranium claims are now over 1,000 - just five year ago there were ten.

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USUAA releases initiatives The Union of Students UAA recently passed a resolution to ask professors to help keep the cost of textbooks down. According to a report signed by student government president John Roberson III, he met with the Faculty Senate executive board to share ideas on how students and faculty can work together on textbook pricing.

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Aviation English program lands at UAA A program designed to improve in-flight communication between crews will launch at UAA Community and Technical College CTC Aviation Technology Division spring semester. The new Aviation English Language program is being developed to respond to an international aviation industry's safety needs to improve language communication in the flight deck.

The Edge Update: New state budget proposals, Standing Rock evacuation and North Korean assasination

The Edge Update can be heard daily on KRUA 88.1 FM The Edge, UAA's college radio station.Local:On Friday, the state senate’s Republican-dominated majority proposed...

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Prop 8 protests rage on In Sacramento, Calif., the largest crowd yet gathered at the State Capitol for the fi fth day in a row protesting the recent rulings of Proposition 8, which bans same-sex marriage in the state. Prop 8 has brought together over 5,000 activists who have gathered in front of the Capitol to protest the rulings and to voice their anger for the ruling.

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Brooks' hearing postponed Following the arrest of former USUAA vice president Justice Brooks, his pre-indictment hearing continued on Thursday, Feb. 1 at the Anchorage Courthouse. No plea is held at the first appearance. At the pre-indictment hearing, issues regarding charges are resolved and the judge reviews evidence to make sure there is enough evidence to warrant the charges.